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Of course, you all know that the best lobster rolls are sold in our town. The American Legion offers lobster rolls and chowder in air-conditioned surroundings every Tuesday from 4:30 pm with ample parking. On Friday afternoons at 4:30 pm the world’s best lobster rolls are available at Grace Episcopal Church. Parking is tight, but the pies are delicious.

Book or Nook? Book publishing has been a cornerstone of modern culture. Now the book industry is changing for many reasons: economics, the Internet, and especially the rapid consumer acceptance of digital publishing. Add to this the dominance of certain retailers. A panel representing different elements of the book industry will discuss the future of books, reading and publishing next Tuesday at the V.H. Library.

At 7 pm you can meet David Wilk, publisher and moderator; Jason Ashlock, literary agent; and Dan Burstein, author and digital theorist. They join with Island authors Nicole Galland and John Sundman. They will look at what is happening in publishing today.

This is a hot issue if you are interested in keeping such wonderful bookstores as our own Bunch of Grapes. I was shocked to hear a customer had the nerve to ask at the bookstore for recommendations for books that he could buy from Amazon. If you don’t support a local business, you lose it. We can’t afford to lose such a treasure.

This island always offers wonderful opportunities to hear about new books from new authors and our favorites as well. The Bunch of Grapes Bookstore has an ongoing calendar of such events. Stop by and pick one up.

If you are planning quilts or sweaters this fall, you should know that Lynne Benson will hold an Illumination day sale on Wednesday from 10 to 4. Enjoy 20% off fabric, notions, books, and yarn.

Lynne and Bob Benson had a great visit with their daughter Anne Marie Schneider, her husband Rob, and their daughters Alexandra and Julianne. The granddaughters were a delight and enjoyed the cool weather while they were here. Carolina is lot hotter this time of year.

Setti Warren, the mayor of Newton who is running in the Democratic primary for the Senate seat now held by Scott Brown, will speak at the Howes House on Saturday at 9:30 am to the M.V. Democratic Council. All are welcome for “spicy conversation, good information — and no fundraising.” For more information, call 508-693-1627.

Do you like blueberries? Lorraine St. Pierre wants you to know about the 7th Annual Blueberry Pancake Brunch this Sunday at 8:30 am. Brunch runs till 10:30 am in the Federated Church parish house in Edgartown. Also blueberries sold by the pint. All this benefits the Martha’s Vineyard Cancer Support Group. The cost is only $5 for children, $7 for adults, and $25 max for parents and their children.

This Sunday the Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock, the Senior Pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, will preach at the First Congregational Church in West Tisbury. The service begins at 10 am. This is the third year that he has preached here. All are welcome, and childcare is available.

The Martha’s Vineyard Garden Club invites guests to hear Tim Simmons next Tuesday. He will talk about the effect of global warming on plants and habitats. Members and guests will gather at 1 pm at the Old Mill in West Tisbury. Members are free, guests $5.

Wish the best on Sunday to Skip and Carol Bailey who are now marking 17 years of wedded bliss.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Goodie Stiller Corriveau on Saturday.

Monday belongs to Ray Frazio and Braden Kuehne. Happy birthday to Gus Daniels who will party on Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: Remember: Life is better at the beach. Did you know that people in nudist colonies play volleyball more than any other sport?

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